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    I'm talking with a couple of Microserver modification experts and they are going to show me how to get tons of drives inside the Gen 8 Microserver.  Where is the Gen 9 Microserver? ILO, Raid Cards, and much, much more!
     
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    Unboxing the Surface 3

    By Dave, in Surface Geeks,

    I had to have blue! Yes, i picked up a Surface 3 even though I have a red one already.  The blue pen is amazing looking and I have unboxed it on video.  Join the Forums and chat up the Surface 3!
     
     
     

     
     
     
     

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    Surface 3 Review

    By Dave, in Surface Geeks,

    Surface 3 will be available to purchase on May 5th, 2015. If you are on the fence about purchasing one I hope this will help you out.  Especially if you are using a Surface Pro 3 right now.  It's my final look at Surface 3.  I suppose we should catch up on what I've done on Surface 3.
     
    First Look and Photo Gallery
     
    Podcasts on Surface 3
     
    Battery Testing the Surface 3
     
    Initial Thoughts on Surface 3
     
     
     
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    Movie Mode Battery Testing
     
    The Surface 3 is getting battery life numbers all over the place. I'm testing my own way so let me explain it. I want to know how it performs if I have a video on the device. Playing a movie and screen on time. Almost like if you grabbed the Surface 3 and hopped on a plane. Just for fun I did the same test on both of my Surface Pro 3's, the Core i3 and the Core i5.
     
    Here are the details on the video loop. I have a MP4 of the movie Office Space. It's 720x 464,
    23 FPS. The data rate combined of video and audio is 1633kbps. It's a comedy and it's 1999. Let's test.
     
    No Surprise the Surface 3 outlasted the two Surface Pro's. Here is how long they lasted:
     
    Surface Pro 3 Core i3 - 7 Hours 45 Minutes
    Surface Pro 3 Core i5 - 7 Hours 00 Minutes
    Surface 3 128/4GB - 9 Hours 45 Minutes
     
    The display was set to 35% on all three and I changed the power plan to keep the screen on and not to sleep the machine. I would say the error correction is around Plus or Minus 15 minutes. The other thing that was working in favor of the Surface 3 is it was completely stock software. The Surface Pro 3 had other software installed even though I tried to go through each one and stop services to try to make them even. Wifi was on an they sat side by side and played a movie. I'm betting you would see the same if you jumped on a 10 hour flight and watched a few movies.
     
    Everyday Usage and Standby Battery Tests
     
    I know you have probably heard of Surface RT and Surface 2 draining the battery when it was supposed to be hibernating or sleeping.  Surface 3 fixes that as you will see from my usage and testing below.
     
    This kind of testing is subjective.  Your mileage may vary kind of warning here.  I'm simply using Surface 3 and taking notes.  I'm going to show you some of my raw notes on this test instead of summarizing it.  Here is how I set it up.
     
    Starting with 100 % Charge.
    Stock Surface 3 running IE with two tabs, Outlook.com and Onedrive. One or two other tabs open with light browsing of internet.
    Running Event viewer because I'm a geek and I look at that stuff and using notepad to take notes with.
    Running Windows Mobility Center to see battery status.  This is a cool app.
    Display set to lower 1/3rd around 30 to 35%. Lower than what you would need outside. I tend to conserve when it comes to display brightness. Power set to balanced, default. I never changed anything.
    No apps loaded. No installs. Windows Update ran twice after initial boot.
    WiFi is on and connected. Bluetooth is on but no connections to devices. Not even the pen at this point.
    Touch Keyboard connected.
     
    6:45 PM Went on Battery
    Closed the cover at 10:45 PM and it was at 95% Battery
    At 8 AM the next morning it was at  92% Battery.
    Life took over and I didn't pull the Surface 3 out for another 36 hours.  Thirty Six hours it was cover closed.  When I turned it back on it was at 85%.
     
    I used it on and off for 2 hours and ran it down to 78%.  Cover closed and picked up the next morning and it had only lost another 2%.
     
    Casual use and standby battery use are awesome on Surface 3. Hopefully you can decipher my notes but it should be clear that it only sips a few percentage points overnight and is generally good at managing battery usage day to day.
     
     
     
    Wi-Fi
     
    I wanted to test the Wifi on the Surface 3 vs. the Surface Pro 3 just for grins. I as well as many others
    had trouble with SP3 and WiFi early in its life.  My home Wifi is pretty freaking hideous and I'm waiting on the promised land of eero.  More on that here if you are interested.  I found Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3 very similar if not identical in my testing.  I'll spare you the details.
     
    Keyboard
     
    I love the differences of this keyboard.  It's hard to put in words what the differences are.  Yes it's smaller and sometimes I do feel a little cramped on it.  I don't know how I would feel about it if I was on it 24/7 as a writer.   I talked about this keyboard in my initial look but have a few things to add to that.  I like how the function key lights up much like the Caps key does.  Surface Pro 3 does not have this.  It allows you to use old keyboard commands like Alt - F4.
    If you have ever hit the Function 1 or 2 button on the SP3 keyboard and tried to get the screen to dim but
    only managed to dim the keyboard backlight you are in luck. The S3 keyboard has both keyboard dimming and screen dimming.  Yes, you can change the brightness of your keyboard.  That is cool.
     
    I already told you that i keep my screen dim. Now I don't have to fumble
    with the OS to brighten it outside. It's on the keyboard. Share buttons are gone but honestly I always used the swipe in from right to access share. We'll address Windows 10 later so don't go there!
    Print Screen! Yes, finally. Capture the whole screen or don't forget Alt-PrtScn grabs the top windows.
    Funny that Alt-Print Screen worked with the Fn lit.
     
    Lapability
     
    I can lap the SP3 like nobody's business. It's very versatile and the ultra position-able kickstand does make it more lapable than the Surface 3. Surface 3 is good, don't get me wrong. I also prefer the 3 position stand over the stiff Surface Pro 3 one. The SP3 has that last little angle needed to get a perfect position while sitting on the couch.
    The Pen
    I rarely used the pen with Surface Pro 3 but I wanted to try it out on the Surface 3. I paired it up manually because in the setup it didn't ask for the pen. I assume that is because it is an optional accessory. Duh.
    Surface 3 has an app on it called Drawboard PDF. I gave it a try and it was great for reading a PDF manual. It struck me how awesome it was at reading when I pulled the keyboard off and put it in portrait mode and handled it like a book. The Surface 3 does this very nicely where the Pro 3 is just too big and heavy.
    Back to the pen, I annotated on a PDF with this app and it(the app) was an average experience. The erase was very blocky unlike OneNote. Example, if you write the word Pen and hold the erase button and tap the "n" it will erase the whole word. In OneNote you have more granular control and would be able to erase the "n" and be able to re write it neater. UPDATE: Drawboard contacted me and informed me there is a setting in the app to enable more granular control of the eraser. Good on them.  Don't forget that this is a Free app on Surface 3 that normally costs $9.99. I'm going to continue to use it and will keep you informed.
     
    I'm not knocking on the pen however.  There are more apps in the store to take advantage of the pen including Word and OneNote.  I loaded up a ton of photos in Word and made notes with the pen.  I found it a good experience and will probably use the pen more with Surface 3.  I can't give you a "Pro" experience with apps and pen but will probably do a podcast on it with some of my colleagues.
     
    Ports and Buttons
    If you are coming from the Surface Pro 3 like myself you are going to hate the location of the volume rocker. I can't tell you how many times I've turned my Surface screen off while just trying to turn the volume up. I mentally tell myself that it's close to the power button, don't hit the power button. I'll still hit it by accident sometimes. I would prefer the volume be on the left side but understand that it might not have fit there due to internals. (Update: It was reported this change is due to the dock.)
     
    General Use
    I've been trying to max this thing out. Kill it, another words. I can bog it down pretty good but I have not been able to melt it. There is noticeable lag in browsing and use if you have a lot of stuff open at once.
     
    My typical day includes 10 to 20 tabs in Chrome. Sometimes that many in IE. Tweetium, Evernote, and OneNote always open. Several explorer instances, a Chrome Facebook Messenger plugin, and more. I do file copies, Remote Desktop sessions, and Paint. Yes, paint. More often than not I'm doing all this at once. Memory has been my issue on Surface 3 with all those Chrome tabs. (i can't wait for the new Edge browser) Chrome is a killer on memory no matter what you are using so take that with a grain of salt. When I'm in the middle of a day like this I'm at 75% memory usage and most of it is the browser.
     
    It holds up well. Yes, the Surface Pro 3 i3 is better at it but this Surface 3 holds its own.  I have a Core i7 desktop for heavy lifting so for me the Surface 3 easily replaces the Pro 3 i3 as my portable device.
     
    Section Follow Up: I decided to finish up the review on the Surface Pro 3 to get a feel for the change.  Ahhhhhhh, more room! The size is nice.  The keyboard is not as "clickie" as the Surface 3 but still nice and roomy.  The extra .5" of trackpad is also a plus.
     
    Who is buying Surface 3?
     
    I paid $666 for my Surface RT 32 and a touch keyboard. I paid just as much for Surface 2 when it came out. Ugh. Surface 3 starts at $499 and the Type Cover is $129. If only Surface 3 had started from the beginning! I would be much thicker in the wallet but I know you have to start somewhere.
    You can still find Surface 2 in the online store but it's not available for purchase.
     
    I don't want to take the Surface Pro 3 away from anybody. It's a great device. However, if you are a Surface Pro 3, Core i3 user and are looking for more portability the Surface 3 is for you. I have easily converted from the i3 to this. If you are a web surfing, email checking, facebook posting, i3 user then you will love this new Surface. If you do it mainly from your comfy chair or couch you might want to check the lapability section above. Test the Surface 3 at the store.
     
    Maybe you have the Surface Pro 3 docked and are looking for a more portable solution? Keep it docked and go with Surface 3. It fills that gap. If you don't, get a dock for your Pro 3 and park it at a desk. Take it out when you need to but keep Surface 3 floating around the kitchen. (yes, my poor SP3 Core i3 is lonely and jealous)
     
    Touch is king.  Don't even think about buying something that doesn't have it.  I'm talking you Macbook and Air!  This new Surface will fit so many needs I can't begin to list them all. It's not a little brother to the Surface Pro 3 as it stands on it's own and fills a need that was left open by the price and power of Surface Pro 3.  It's a great device at a great price. Don't forget Office 365 comes with it. Surface Pro 3, not. Don't expect to install Office elsewhere. It's for the Surface 3 and one tablet only.
     
    I've only tested the 4 Gb of RAM version of the Surface 3. I might have a different opinion of the 2Gb less expensive version. I know it's $100 more but the 4Gb version has 128Gb's of storage. I'm going to recommend this version.
     
    There is only one reason I can tell you not to buy Surface 3 right now. If you need even more portability the 4G LTE version will be relased Summer 2015.
     
    David McCabe
     
    Surface MVP

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    I've tested the battery life on the Surface 3 my own way and I'll share the results with you and John Wiskowski on this edition of Surface Geeks.
     
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    All About Azure on Home Server Show 281

    By Dave, in Blog,

    I'm talking with Jim Collison and Dewain Robinson on this episode and we are talking about Azure.  If you think that you can't use it because you don't have MSDN, think again! This was a fun one and I learned a lot.
     
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    Cloud Service Types
     
    SaaS - Software as a Service (Office 365 / Dynamics CRM / Etc.)  Microsoft brands it as product name
     
    PaaS - Platform as a Service (SQL Azure / Azure Machine Learning / Etc.)  Microsoft brands as Azure
     
    IaaS - Infrastructure as a Service (Virtual Machines / Express Route / Networks)  Microsoft brands as Azure
     
     
     
    Network connection options
     
    Point to Site VPN
     
    Site to Site VPN
     
    Express Route (MPLS)
     
     
     
    All use a Gateway and there are two types of Gateways (Standard and High Performance)
     
    Standard - 10 connections (100 Mbs VPN)
     
    High Performance - 30 connections (200 Mbs VPN)
     
    Express Route (10 Mbps - 10 Gbps)
     
     
     
    Express Route Info - http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/expressroute-introduction/
     
    Secure Virtual Network Cross - Premises Connectivity - https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/dn133798.aspx
     
     
     
    Azure Subscription Limits - http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/azure-subscription-service-limits/
     
     
     
    Setup a Site to Site VPN using RRAS - http://blogs.technet.com/b/diegoviso/archive/2014/10/28/creating-a-site-to-site-s2s-vpn-to-azure-with-rras-and-one-physical-nic.aspx
     
    Video walk through -
     
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    Azure File Storage - SMB Storage
     
    Azure RemoteApp - Publish an application like terminal services - http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/remoteapp/
     
    Azure Websites are now Azure Web Apps - 10 free websites
     
    Joomla
     
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    Azure Mobile Apps - 10 free websites
     
     
     
    Synology BeyondCloud NAS on Amazon
     
     

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    Otixo on Home Server Show 280

    By Dave, in Blog,

    How many clouds are you on? Me? Too many!  This episode of Home Server Show we try out Otixo and also have a coupon code to share with you in order to get Otixo for .99 cents a month for 3 months. (29 minutes in)
     
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    Amazon Echo is on the way and we chat about it for a little bit. (mine is out for delivery as of April 17th)
     
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    Figure 1 – One of the Test configurations using two 50x50x20mm Box Fans in addition to the 60x60x15mm Box Fan on the SDM-R2
     
     
     
    One of my first group of tests was to measure the performance of my MicroServer’s OS and Data drives.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 2 -- Storage Configuration in my Gen8 MicroServer
     
     
     

     
    Figure 3 – The OS drive (Drive C) is two Corsair GT SSD’s in RAID0 on the B120i
     
     
     

     
    Figure 4 – The data drive (Drive D) is Four ST3000DM001’s in RAID5 on the P222/512FBWC
     
     
     
    Test 1. 50x50x20mm Box Fan on upper right frame directed left towards stacked Corsair GT SSD’s using 9.5mm SSB plus 50x50x20mm Box Fan on lower right frame directed left towards P222
     
     
     
    The fan configuration for this test (Test 1) can be seen in Figure 1 above but with the power leads for the 60x60x15mm Box Fan disconnected.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 5 – TEST 1: The Temps at 10-PCI 1 = 59C; 05-Chipset = 50C;
     
     
     
    Test 2. 60x60x15mm Box Fan on SDM-R2 plus 50x50x20mm Box Fan on upper right frame directed left towards stacked Corsair GT SSD’s using 9.5mm SSB plus 50x50x20mm Box Fan on lower right frame directed left towards P222
     
     
     
    The fan configuration for this test (Test 2) can be seen in Figure 1 above.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 6 – TEST 2: The Temps at 10-PCI 1 = 57C; 05-Chipset = 48C;
     
     
     
    Test 3. 60x60x15mm Box Fan on SDM-R2 plus 50x50x20mm Box Fan on lower right frame directed left towards P222
     
     
     
     
     
    Figure 7 – Fan configuration for Test 3: 60x60x15mm Box Fan on SDM-R2 plus 50x50x20mm Box Fan on lower right frame directed left towards P222
     
     
     

     
    Figure 8 – TEST 3: The Temps at 10-PCI 1 = 58C; 05-Chipset = 50C;
     
     
     
    Test 4. 60x60x15mm Box Fan on SDM-R2 plus 50x50x20mm Box Fan on lower right frame directed down towards chipset on System Board
     
     
     
    The fan configuration for this test can be seen in Figure 5 of SDM-R2 Review: Fan Mount and SDM-R2 Installation – HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     
     
     

     
    Figure 9 – TEST 4: The Temps at 10-PCI 1 = 63C; 05-Chipset = 44C;
     
     
     
     
     
    CONCLUSION
     
     
     
    Table 1 – Summary of Temperatures from each test – Fan speeds in all cases were roughly the same at 26% while BIOS cooling profile is set on “Increased Cooling”
     

     
     
     
    After completing the four test configurations above, I believe that the optimal configuration for me is shown by Test 3. Using a 60x60x15mm Box Fan on SDM-R2 plus a 50x50x20mm Box Fan on lower right frame directed left towards P222 – with 2 SSD’s stacked in the right bay of the SDM-R2. If I had 2 HDD’s stacked in the right bay of the SDM-R2 and thus putting off much more heat than the SSD’s I think Test 2 would be the better configuration for me.
     
    Test configuration 1 would be optimal if 4 drives were stacked on the SDM-R2.
     
    Test 4 offers some interesting prospects that I hope to look at further down the road. Test 4’s configuration substantially cooled the Chipset – if the exhaust of the 60mm fan could be directed more at the P222 it could bring the PCI-1 temperatures down from 63C.
     
     
     
    Video 1 – SDM-R2 Wrap-Up – HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     

     
     
     

     
    Figure 10 – SDM-R2 removed from my Gen8 MicroServer
     
     
     
    As Built as shown in Figure 1
     
    Machine


    HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer Xeon E3-1265Lv2
    16GB ECC RAM
    OS: Windows Server 2012 R2
    OS Drive: RAID0 Logical Drive 01 made of 2 x 240GB Corsair GT SSDs on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller
    Data Drive: RAID5 Logical Drive 01 made of 4 x ST3000DM001 on HP Dynamic Smart Array P222/512FBWC RAID Controller
    Data Drive: USB3 External 3TB drive
    Forward SFF-8087 Cable for internal drives using B120i: StarTech Model SAS8087S450 19” (50cm) Serial Attached SCSI SAS Cable – SFF-8087 to 4x Latching SATA
    SDM R2 (“Schoondoggy Drive Mount R2”)
    SSB 9.5mm (“Schoondoggy Stacking Bracket 9.5mm”)
    2 x Delta Electronics Blower Fan BFB0512LD 50x50x20mm
    Brushless DC Blower Fan Model 6015S 0755-27936981 60x60x15mm mounted on SDM R2
     
     
    The previous page of this review. SDM-R2 Review: Fan Mount and SDM-R2 Installation – HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     
    The first page of this review. SDM-R2 Review: Introduction – HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     
     
     
    Questions?
     
    Join us in the HSS Forums with any questions and/or comments on the above and other threads.
     
     
     
    Reference:
     
    SDM-R2 Review: Introduction – HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer  http://homeservershow.com/sdm-r2-review-introduction-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver.html 
     
    Fan mounting Kit, 7mm & 9.5mm Schoondoggy Stacking Brackets, SDM-R2, => Schoondoggy Store: http://homeservershow.com/hp-microserver-gen8-drive-bracket.html
     
    SDM-R2 -- Forum Post: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5960-hp-ms-g8-25-drive-bracket-prototype-new-rev2-info/?p=95220
     
    SSB Schoondoggy Stacking Brackets – Forum Post:   http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/8993-schoondoggy-stacking-brackets/?p=97099
     
    For good background information and accessory parts lists see: SDM-R1 SGDM-SDM Pre-Production Review: HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer http://homeservershow.com/sgdm-sdm-pre-production-review-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver.html
     
    For good background information and accessory parts lists see: SDM-R1 Pre-Production -- Forum Post: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5960-hp-ms-g8-25-drive-bracket-prototype/page-4#entry76824
     
    For good background information and accessory parts lists see: SDM-Beta The Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount for the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer First Look http://homeservershow.com/schoondoggy-gen8-drive-mount-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver-first-look.html
     
    Brushless DC Blower Fan Model 6015S 0755-27936981 60x60x15mm http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/250957711173?lpid=82&chn=ps
     
    Delta Electronics Blower Fan BFB0512LD 50x50x20mm 28dB 4.45CFM http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/BFB0512LD/603-1566-ND/2560689
     
    Check out the Gen8 links: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5639-proliant-microserver-gen8-links/
     
    Check out the Gen8 Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/gen-8
     
    Check out the MicroServer Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/microserver
     
    Video Playlist – Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount for HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     
     

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    Synology Unveils New DS1515 and RS815

    By Dave, in Blog,

    Synology fans need to add a couple of new boxes to the list.  A Rackstation and Diskstation this time around. Home enthusiasts may take interest in the 5 Bay DS1515 with its 2 GB of RAM and quad core processor. I wouldn't mind a deeper look at the 1515 to see what this new quad core is and to put the encryption engine and FPU to a test.  It's also scale-able to 15 drives!
     
    Links, pricing, and a press release below!
     
    The Synology DS1515 and RS815 are available now. The MSRP for the DS1515 is $649.99; and the RS815 is $599.99.

    DS1515 - https://www.synology.com/en-us/products/DS1515

    RS815 -  https://www.synology.com/en-us/products/RS815 
     


    Synology Unveils New DS1515 and RS815

    Affordable, Advanced Storage with Plug and Play Scalability and Remote Accessibility

     

    Bellevue, Washington— April 14, 2015— Today, Synology® America Corp. launched the new DiskStation DS1515 and RackStation RS815 for businesses and individuals who have outgrown rudimentary storage, and need enterprise features at an affordable price. Both multi-bay NAS run the award-winning DiskStation Manager 5.1 providing: remote access, scalability, unparalleled reliability, cross-platform file sharing, and 24/7 security solutions – all in an energy efficient, money-saving design.

     

    “The DS1515 and RS815 offer excellent value for growing companies that need easy scalability, with on-the-fly plug and play expansions, 8221; said Synology Product Marketing Manager Jason Bonoan. “Plus, work groups can use these NAS with Cloud Station and sync their files when they are on the go.”

     

    DS1515


    For small work groups and creative professionals; the DS1515 offers cross platform file sharing, remote access with mobile devices, and scalability to add storage in the future. Synology’s powerful DS1515 is the company’s first 5-bay Value series model with a quad core CPU, hardware encryption engine, and four built-in Gigabit LAN ports that can provide link aggregation for increased performance or high availability to minimize downtime. Individuals can also use the device for advanced, physical security for home and office.
    RS815


    The compact RS815 is a 4-bay rack mount that is only 12 inches deep and scalable up to 48TB with expansion units. Because of its easy two-post installation, the RS815 is perfect for businesses with limited space and large storage needs.  Additionally, home theater enthusiasts can centralize their large multimedia collections into one entertainment hub that can be accessed remotely. They can stream music and video from anywhere, at any time – as long as there is a web connection.
    Avoid Down Time, Better Reliability, and Included 3-Year Warranty for Peace of Mind

    With hot swappable ability for the DS1515 and the RS815, users can easily configure and manage RAID for better reliability and avoid downtime. The DS1515 can use High Availability
    – in case a server fails, there is a seamless transition to another server that is in the cluster, so operations can continue.  The DS1515 also has four Gigabit LAN ports for network redundancy for unexpected hardware failure, and hot swappable drives that minimize system downtime during drive replacement.
     

    24/7 Security Solutions with Remote Access


    At no additional cost, the DS1515 and RS815 offer 24/7 home and office security, when they are used with Synology’s Surveillance Station package. Provided with two default camera licenses, users can connect and manage IP cameras remotely; watch live views; record events; and take snapshots with their computer or mobile device.  Smart analytics detect motion and can send alerts to users via email and the DiskStation Cam.
     
     
    Price and Availability
    The Synology DS1515 and RS815 are available now. The MSRP for the DS1515 is
    $649.99; and the RS815 is $599.99.
     

    For more on the DS1515 and the RS815, visit: https://www.synology.com/en-us/products/DS1515  and https://www.synology.com/en-us/products/RS815.

     

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    About Synology

    Founded in April of 2000, Synology Inc. is a leader in next-generation Network Attached Storage (NAS) servers for the home and small to medium sized business markets. Synology products are feature-rich, easy-to-use, energy efficient, reliable and affordable. All Synology product investments are enhanced with product warranties, free software upgrades and 24/7 online support. Visit http://www.synology.com for more information.
     

    Joe_Miner
    By: JohnStutsman
     
     
     

     
    Figure 1 – Preparing to mount the SDM-R2 (with Fan mounted in Left 2.5” Drive space and Two 9.5mm Corsair GT’s mounted in the Right 2.5” Drive space using a 9.5mm SSB Kit) into my Gen8 MicroServer
     
     
     
    I was excited to live test the SDM-R2 with a fan mounted in the Left 2.5” drive space and my two 9.5mm Corsair GT’s mounted in the Right 2.5” drive space using the 9.5mm SSB Kit.
     
     
     
    The first thing I needed to do was add a connector onto the end of the 60x60x15mm box fan.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 2 – Preparing to add power connector to end of 60x60x15mm Box Fan power leads
     
     
     
    Video 1 – Preparing the Fan Connection before Mounting onto the SDM-R2
     

     
     
     
    Next: I needed to mount the 60x60x15mm Box Fan onto the SDM-R2 next to my two stacked Corsair GT’s. See Figure 1.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 3 – The layout of the SDM-R2 showing the Left and Right 2.5” Drive Bay’s – See also Figures 5 & 6 and Video’s on Mounting VelociRaptors & SSD’s on the SGDM in The Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer First Look . A single thin 3.5” drive can also be attached – see Figure 7 and Video “Mounting 3.5”Thin Hard Drive to the SGDM” in The Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer First Look
     
     
     
    Video 2 – Mounting the Fan onto the SDM-R2
     

     
     
     
    Next, I mounted the SDM-R2 in my MicroServer.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 4 – The SDM-R2 is mounted at the two screw points highlighted on the MicroServer PSU. See also Figure 4 of The Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer First Look
     
     
     
    Video 3 – Installing the SDM-R2 into my MicroServer
     

     
     
     
    Video 4 – Finishing the Installation of the SDM-R2 into my MicroServer
     

     
     
     
    Figure 5 shows the completed installation of the SDM-R2.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 5 – Installation of SDM-R2 completed
     
     
     

     
    Figure 6 – Before switching out the SDM-R1 for the SDM-R2 I had been running Windows Server 2012-R2 on My Gen8 MicroServer. I continued with this install of S2012R2 for my testing.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 7 – Firmware on my Gen8 MicroServer.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 8 -- Storage Configuration on my Gen8 MicroServer. The Two Corsair GT's are in a RAID0 on the B120i and hold my OS while the P222 has Four ST3000DM001's in RAID5 for my Data
     
     
     
    Check out the next page of this review as I start to look at performance and temperature tests with different fan configurations.
     
     
     
    The next page of this review. SDM-R2 Review: Testing and Wrap-Up – HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     
    The previous page of this review. SDM-R2 Review: SSB – HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     
     
     
    Questions?
     
    Join us in the HSS Forums with any questions and/or comments on the above and other threads.
     
     
     
    Reference:
     
    SDM-R2 Review: Introduction – HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer  http://homeservershow.com/sdm-r2-review-introduction-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver.html 
     
    Fan mounting Kit, 7mm & 9.5mm Schoondoggy Stacking Brackets, SDM-R2, => Schoondoggy Store: http://homeservershow.com/hp-microserver-gen8-drive-bracket.html
     
    SDM-R2 -- Forum Post: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5960-hp-ms-g8-25-drive-bracket-prototype-new-rev2-info/?p=95220
     
    SSB Schoondoggy Stacking Brackets – Forum Post:   http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/8993-schoondoggy-stacking-brackets/?p=97099
     
    For good background information and accessory parts lists see: SDM-R1 SGDM-SDM Pre-Production Review: HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer http://homeservershow.com/sgdm-sdm-pre-production-review-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver.html
     
    For good background information and accessory parts lists see: SDM-R1 Pre-Production -- Forum Post: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5960-hp-ms-g8-25-drive-bracket-prototype/page-4#entry76824
     
    For good background information and accessory parts lists see: SDM-Beta The Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount for the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer First Look http://homeservershow.com/schoondoggy-gen8-drive-mount-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver-first-look.html
     
    Brushless DC Blower Fan Model 6015S 0755-27936981 60x60x15mm http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/250957711173?lpid=82&chn=ps
     
    Delta Electronics Blower Fan BFB0512LD 50x50x20mm 28dB 4.45CFM http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/BFB0512LD/603-1566-ND/2560689
     
    Check out the Gen8 links: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5639-proliant-microserver-gen8-links/
     
    Check out the Gen8 Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/gen-8
     
    Check out the MicroServer Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/microserver
     
    Video Playlist – Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount for HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     
     

    Joe_Miner
    By: JohnStutsman
     
      
     

     
    Figure 1 – Three SSB kits: Two 7mm SSB kits on the left; One 9.5mm SSB kit on the right
     
     
     
    In February, 2015, Schoondoggy announced that he had made Schoondoggy Stacking Brackets (“SSB”) in 7mm and 9.5mm sizes.
     
    The original intention was to be able to use the SSB’s on the SDM (SDM-R1 and SDM-R2) but clearances with the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer (“MicroServer”) frame would only allow the use of the 7mm SSB on the left side of the SDM while the 9.5mm and 7mm SSB could be used on the right side of the SDM.
     
     
     
    Video 1 – Schoondoggy Stacking Bracket or SSB Part 1 – HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     

     
     
     
    One possible configuration is using a 7mm and a 9.5mm SSB kit on the SDM as shown in Figure 2 and Video 2.
     

     
    Figure 2 – Two SSD’s, stacked using a 7mm SSB kit, mounted on a 3.5” to 2.5” drive bay convertor.   In the background Four drives are mounted on the SDM-R2 using a 7mm SSB kit for the SSD’s on the left and a 9.5mm SSB kit for the Western Digital 1TB HDD’s on the right.
     
     
     
    Video 2 – Schoondoggy Stacking Bracket or SSB Part 2 – HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     

     
     
     
    While another possible configuration is using two 7mm SSB kits on the SDM as shown in Figure 3 and Video 3.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 3 -- Two 1TB Western Digital 2.5” HDD’s, stacked using a 9.5mm SSB kit, mounted on a 3.5” to 2.5” drive bay convertor. In the background Four SSD’s are mounted on the SDM-R2 using two 7mm SSB kit’s.
     
     
     
    Video 3 – Schoondoggy Stacking Bracket or SSB Part 3 – HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     

     
     
     
    Check out the next page of this review as I start to look at a configuration that shows the real value of the SDM-R2 with SSB’s and illustrated by Figure 4.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 4 – 60x60x15mm Blower Fan mounted in left 2.5” bay of SDM-R2 and Two 9.5mm SSD’s stacked using the 9.5mm SSB in the right 2.5” bay of SDM-R2
     
     
     
    Note: In SGDM-SDM Pre-Production Review: HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer and The Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount for the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer First Look I used 15mm VelociRaptors which wouldn’t offer enough clearance to stack.
     
     
     
    The next page of this review. SDM-R2 Review: Fan Mount and SDM-R2 Installation – HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     
    The previous page of this review. SDM-R2 Review: Introduction – HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     
     
     
    Questions?
     
    Join us in the HSS Forums with any questions and/or comments on the above and other threads.
     
     
     
    Reference:
     
    SDM-R2 Review: Introduction – HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer  http://homeservershow.com/sdm-r2-review-introduction-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver.html 
     
    Fan mounting Kit, 7mm & 9.5mm Schoondoggy Stacking Brackets, SDM-R2, => Schoondoggy Store: http://homeservershow.com/hp-microserver-gen8-drive-bracket.html
     
    SDM-R2 -- Forum Post: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5960-hp-ms-g8-25-drive-bracket-prototype-new-rev2-info/?p=95220
     
    SSB Schoondoggy Stacking Brackets – Forum Post:   http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/8993-schoondoggy-stacking-brackets/?p=97099
     
    For good background information and accessory parts lists see: SDM-R1 SGDM-SDM Pre-Production Review: HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer http://homeservershow.com/sgdm-sdm-pre-production-review-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver.html
     
    For good background information and accessory parts lists see: SDM-R1 Pre-Production -- Forum Post: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5960-hp-ms-g8-25-drive-bracket-prototype/page-4#entry76824
     
    For good background information and accessory parts lists see: SDM-Beta The Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount for the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer First Look http://homeservershow.com/schoondoggy-gen8-drive-mount-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver-first-look.html
     
    Brushless DC Blower Fan Model 6015S 0755-27936981 60x60x15mm http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/250957711173?lpid=82&chn=ps
     
    Delta Electronics Blower Fan BFB0512LD 50x50x20mm 28dB 4.45CFM http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/BFB0512LD/603-1566-ND/2560689
     
    Check out the Gen8 links: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5639-proliant-microserver-gen8-links/
     
    Check out the Gen8 Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/gen-8
     
    Check out the MicroServer Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/microserver
     
    Video Playlist – Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount for HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     
     

    Joe_Miner
    By: JohnStutsman
     
     
     

     
    Figure 1 -- SDM-R2 with Screws and thick tape; Fan Mounting Kit; Two 7mm SSB's; One 9.5mm SSB
     
     
     
    In December 2013 I had the good fortune to test the Beta version of the Schoondoggy Drive Mount (“SDM-Beta”) that was designed to be used to mount additional two 2.5” drives or one 3.5” lower profile drive inside the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer (“MicroServer”) next to the Power Supply Unit (“PSU”) of the MicroServer. I wrote about my tests in The Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount for the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer First Look .
     
     
     
    I was convinced that the SDM-Beta was as nearly perfect as could be achieved but Schoondoggy proved me wrong by making 4 significant improvements that he incorporated into the pre-production/production version of the SDM (“SDM-R1”):


    Tabs have been lengthened
    Tabs have been move down slightly to move the top of the SGDM/SDM to the Gen8 frame
    Screw slots in Tabs have been lengthened to allow for adjustment of SGDM/SDM placement next to the PSU
    Drive holes have been countersink
     
     
    I wrote up my review of the SDM-R1 in SGDM-SDM Pre-Production Review: HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer in February 2014.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 2 -- SDM-R2 with Screws and thick tape plus Fan Mounting Kit in upper right
     
     
     
    Recently, Schoondoggy designed a new version of the SDM-R1 called SDM-R2 that enhances the utility of the original designs. Specifically the SDM-R2:


    Retains all of the capability of the SDM-R1 (countersunk mounting holes for two 2.5” drives or one 3.5” low profile drive; lengthen tabs; screw slots in the tabs to allow mounting adjustment)
    Removes the top bar that ran across the top of the SDM-R1 and thus lower the weight making the SDM-R2 easier to mount
    Adds a cushioned double sided tape square to provide additional stability alongside the PSU
    Adds three counter sunk holes to allow the mounting of a 60mm fan in the left 2.5” drive space
     
     

     
    Figure 3 -- Two 7mm SSB's and One 9.5mm SSB
     
     
     
    To supplement the SDM-R2 Schoondoggy developed a number of kits:


    7mm Stacking Brackets (“SSM”) that enable the stacking of two 7mm 2.5” drives (like SSD’s)
    9mm Stacking Brackets (“SSM”) that enable the stacking of two 9mm 2.5” drives (like SSD’s, HDD’s)
    Fan Mount Kit that contains screws, nuts, and washers to mount a 60mm fan on the left 2.5” drive bay
    With the 7 and 9mm SSM’s one can mount four 2.5” drives on the SDM-R2 or one could mount a fan in the left 2.5” drive bay and two 2.5” drives in the right drive bay!
     
    Hypothetically, one could mount four drives on the SDM-R2 using some combination of SSB’s controlled by the B120i or an add-on controller card and still have the ODD SATA port on the System Board available for either an ODD or 2.5” drive in the ODD bay area. Of course, many other configurations are possible!
     
     
     
    Video 1 – SDM-R2 Introduction Part 1 – HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     

     
     
     
    Video 2 – SDM-R2 Introduction Part 2 – HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     

     
     
     
    Video 3 – SDM-R2 Introduction Part 3 – HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     

     
     
     
    Check out the next page of this review.  SDM-R2 Review: SSB -- HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     
     
     
    Questions?
     
    Join us in the HSS Forums with any questions and/or comments on the above and other threads.
     
     
     
    Reference:
     
    Fan mounting Kit, 7mm & 9.5mm Schoondoggy Stacking Brackets, SDM-R2, => Schoondoggy Store: http://homeservershow.com/hp-microserver-gen8-drive-bracket.html
     
    SDM-R2 -- Forum Post: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5960-hp-ms-g8-25-drive-bracket-prototype-new-rev2-info/?p=95220
     
    SSB Schoondoggy Stacking Brackets – Forum Post:   http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/8993-schoondoggy-stacking-brackets/?p=97099
     
    For good background information and accessory parts lists see: SDM-R1 SGDM-SDM Pre-Production Review: HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer http://homeservershow.com/sgdm-sdm-pre-production-review-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver.html
     
    For good background information and accessory parts lists see: SDM-R1 Pre-Production -- Forum Post: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5960-hp-ms-g8-25-drive-bracket-prototype/page-4#entry76824
     
    For good background information and accessory parts lists see: SDM-Beta The Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount for the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer First Look http://homeservershow.com/schoondoggy-gen8-drive-mount-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver-first-look.html
     
    Brushless DC Blower Fan Model 6015S 0755-27936981 60x60x15mm http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/250957711173?lpid=82&chn=ps
     
    Delta Electronics Blower Fan BFB0512LD 50x50x20mm 28dB 4.45CFM http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/BFB0512LD/603-1566-ND/2560689
     
    Check out the Gen8 links: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5639-proliant-microserver-gen8-links/
     
    Check out the Gen8 Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/gen-8
     
    Check out the MicroServer Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/microserver
     
    Video Playlist – Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount for HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer

    Dave

    Surface 3

    By Dave, in Surface Geeks,

    I need to clear something up before I get on with this look at Surface 3. As soon as I got back home with the Surface 3 I had to leave on vacation.  You know, one of those vacations that you are not supposed to take review gear, laptops, and well...work.  I had just a few days with Surface 3.  Enough to put out a great podcast about the device but very short from a full review.  That means I have a lot of homework items to accomplish once Spring Break is over. I have some of my initial thoughts below and I  have a killer gallery for you.  I had a chance to get some shots of it in NYC before heading back to Surface Geeks HQ.

    Surface 3 on Surface Geeks Podcast

    I also had to agree to holding any review material or unboxing video until April 7th. Getting the device on March 31st made this very difficult.

    Lastly, I don't want to dwell on Surface RT or Surface 2.  I'm not going to lament over RT, apps, and the like.  I will however, talk about size and shape a little bit.  Sorry RT, Surface 3 is here.

     
    [caption id=attachment_2020" align="alignnone" width="720] Surface 3[/caption]
     



    Let's get into it.



    You already  know this Surface. If you like the size of the original RT or Surface 2 you will like the overall size of the Surface 3.  It is roughly the same size but makes slight changes to move from 16:9 to 3:2. The size is comparable to Surface Pro 3 but about 1.2 inches smaller.  It's the lightest Surface yet at 622 grams or 1.37 pounds and should get you through the day with up to 10 hours of battery life.  You can pre-order it now but it won't come with a pen or keyboard.  I hate to say you should get either one and this is what makes this tablet so compelling.  Some will love the pen ability with it and others will enjoy tablet with the keyboard. Myself, I could never get by without a keyboard.

    It's going to be interesting to see how the 2 Gb RAM version does in the real world.  My model is the 4Gb/128Gb SSD so I won't have any hands on with the lesser version.  The 2Gb/64Gb SSD is $499 and is tempting but I would always opt for the 4Gb of RAM. That pushes the price to $599 and ever so closer to Surface Pro 3.  This pricing argument may go on forever especially coupled with the fact you have to tack on $129 if you want the keyboard.  Thankfully, prior to launch there have already been deals spotted for bundles.

    There are no more options for storage on Surface 3. It's 64 or 128. The next step up is adding on LTE and that won't be available until Summer 2015.  If you want to move up to 8Gb of RAM that is also in Pro 3 territory only.

    Wait, did you say LTE? Shut the front door, Microsoft finally put a mobile chip in a Surface!  We don't know all the details but it looks like there will be a couple of carriers involved. It remains to be seen if there will be any "free data" package with it by default.

    Layout


    You won't find any cooling vents on the Surface 3. It's thin and passively cooled Atom x7 processor sits tucked in to the top portion of the tablet while battery takes up the rest of the area in the package.
    Externally it offers the same keyboard/cover port on the bottom, Mini Display port, USB, micro USB charging port and a headphone port.
    The top of the tablet offers the power button on the left side which you are used to on Surface Pro 3 but it's in the opposite corner of the Surface 2 and RT.  The volume rocker is on the top this time.  Surface Pro 3 users are used to finding it on the left side.  Much like other versions of Surface the top of the tablet has a WiFi and cellular radio, friendly material for it's antennas.  The left side of the tablet is completely void of ports or features.  Just the indent to help pull the kickstand out.  Surface 3 still has the Windows button on the right hand side much like Surface Pro 3.  I prefer this position compared to Pro 2 and 2 being on the bottom.

    Kickstand


    The new Surface 3 has a 3 position kickstand that will allow you to put the tablet in an almost vertical position, a nice working position, and a laid back position that is great for a standing desk, tablet mode, or sharing a screen on a kitchen counter.  I like the new stand but I need a little more time with it to see if I like it better than the Pro 3 uber-adjustable kickstand.  I do like the fact that the Surface 3 is a quick click to open where the Pro 3 usually takes 2 hands to get perfectly adjusted.
    One odd and picky thing I noticed is the indentation that allows you to pull the kickstand out on the Surface 3 is slightly higher than the Surface Pro 3.  SP3 owners will reach for the kickstand blindly and it will be just a tad higher on the 3.  That's getting picky!

    Power Adapter


    I like the micro USB power port.  Microsoft is trying to convince us that we all have several of these charging cables laying around as well as power bricks.  It's true Microsoft.  I have tons.  The Surface 3 brick is a 13 watt charging brick that comes with a heavy duty cable to get the job done.
    One more test I'll be doing in the coming weeks will be to measure the charging time of the included charger with something like a 5 watt charger that comes with a phone or smaller tablet.
    I found the cable a little difficult to insert and get positioned perfectly.  It might take a little practice but I'm not sure I prefer the cable needing to angle downwards to the surface it's sitting on rather than having an option of having it go upwards like you can on Surface Pro 3.   It's nit picky I agree but I like having the option with the Surface Pro 3.  The cable is so stiff it was hard to get the adapter to sit flush against the surface bezel.
    The charging port is also a data USB port.  Another homework item for me is to try an OTG cabling option to see if I can charge and use the USB at the same time.  I simply ran out of time reviewing it!
    My last thoughts on the adapter is traveling will be lighter.  The Pro 3 power adapter includes a lot of cabling and a larger transformer. That should appeal to a certain set of travelers.

    The Surface 3 Keyboard


    This keyboard is nice.  It types different yet it's virtually the same size. The key layout is only slightly smaller than the Surface Pro 3.  I found it comfortable to use even coming from the Pro 3.

    How is it better?  Is it because it's new?  The keys seem firmer to press but not by much.  The also are springier if that is a word.  It will take some more time with it to find out but so far I like it.

    No big shock that the Surface Pro 3 trackpad is bigger but not by much.  It's 3.5 inches across and about 1.75 inches tall.

    The Surface 3 trackpad is 3" across and a little less than 1.5 inches tall.  I don't have a caliper tool to measure the thickness of the keybard compared to Surface Pro 3 but know that it is a tad thicker and a whole lot stiffer.  The bottom is that same material.  Yes, the pick up dirt and stain material but don't forget you can clean it with a damp cloth.

    Does Surface 3 keyboard work on Surface Pro 3 and vice versa?  Yes, however, I couldn't get the Surface 3 smaller keyboards magnets to stick up on the SP3 screen.  Same with trying the SP3 keyboard on the Surface 3.  It will only lay flat and not accordian up to type on a slant.


    Hardware by Microsoft


    The logo on the back is awesome. Microsoft started out with a flying Windows logo on the first RT, a Surface logo on the 2, and now it's a polished finish Microsoft logo. Very nice touch to the design. See the photo gallery for what you can do with that mirrored finish!


    Misc


    Finally. The camera on Surface doesn't suck. Ok, it wasn't that bad but without autofocus it was limited in my mind.  Now the rear facing camera is a 8 Megapixel autofocus lens. Time to whip it out at a concert and make everyone around you jealous! Ya right. Great upgrade though.

    Windows 10 will be so much fun on this Surface.

    I think if you are a "Pen" person you will love this Surface.

    Office 365 for a year.  Who doesn't already have an Office 365 free subscription?

    Yep, it's time to get out some apps and really take this Atom processor for a spin. What can it do? How long does the battery really last? Does Chrome kill it? Does it game?  Surface Geeks will be looking into that and more on upcoming podcasts and posts.  Hit the Surface Geeks Forums for more conversations on Surface 3.


     
     

    Surface 3 Gallery
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    Surface 3 and beyond

    This is where Spring Break takes over.  Give the podcast a listen. John Wiskowski, Jim Collison, and myself talk about Surface 3 and it's differences and strengths.  We get into the CPU choice, RAM, and more stuff that is not discussed in this article.  There will also be more to come here on the blog.  I know I've had it for a while now but I don't want to rush a judgment on this tablet.  You deserve more than that.  Just FYI though.  I really like this Surface.

    Dave

    Surface 3 on Surface Geeks 89

    By Dave, in Surface Geeks,

    We have a new Surface! Surface 3 is here and we have all you need to know about it! Ok, maybe not everything but both John and I have some serious hands on time with it and can't wait to tell you about it.  You can get hands on as well. Head to your local Microsoft Store and take a look.
     
    I have a ton of photographs and details about using it so stay tuned for a full review later. (as per MS I have to hold back a little bit) But don't fret, all the details are out about Surface 3, you can pre-order Surface 3 - Pre-Order now, and all the specs on at that link as well. Go get hands on and then order!
     
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    Surface 3 Excitement

    By Dave, in Surface Geeks,

    I just finished with Dave and Jim on the Surface Geeks Podcast (
    ) and am so excited for Surface 3! I have had my Surface Pro 3 for a few months and thoroughly enjoy using it everyday. If you listen regularly, you'll know I use it more as a tablet than as a laptop/desktop device. I love Windows 8.1 and touch enabled apps. Surface 3 is the perfect devices for me and will likely replace the Surface Pro 3 as my daily mobile machine. 
    Here's why:


    The Surface 3 is the lightest Surface ever, and one of the lightest x86 Windows PCs ever. The two handled feel is top notch, and it is even more usable in portrait mode, thanks to the 3:2 screen ratio.
    The Surface Pen makes more sense at this size. One "writes" on documents closer to 10.8" than 12".
    The Type Cover is better. Yup, even my least favorite feature of the Surface Pro 3 is a reason to love the Surface 3. There is sturdy and pleasant feel to the new, smaller keyboard. And the trackpad is smoother than ever.
    The "speeds and feeds" are spot on. I'll never worry about not having enough RAM or SSD with the 4GB/128GB model that is only $100 more than the base model. I love having a MicroSD card slot for extra media storage. The Mini DisplayPort is perfect for watching movies when I travel or hooking up to a projector at work. Wireless 802.11AC is a great standard that my home router supports, my Lumia 930 supports and many more devices will in the future.
    LTE... I can finally have a Windows 8.1 device that I can use anywhere and will want to use anywhere thanks to its size and weight.
    My plan is to keep visiting the Microsoft Store whenever I have a chance to play with the Surface 3 as we get closer to launch. 05.05.2015 can't come soon enough. (Sadly, late June for the LTE models.) I can't wait to have a thinner, lighter and more fun to use Surface in my life. Now, which color Surface Type Cover and Surface Pen do I want?
     
    Find out more about the Surface 3 and the new accessories here.
     
    34 days and counting!

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